Homemade Chai Tea

Sean loves chai. But chai mix that tastes great, and is not too expensive, is a rare find! Our friend Caleb makes his own chai so we asked him how he does it. He approximates his recipe so we developed our own exact measurements as we followed his general directions. It turned out great!

Ingredients:

6 cups of water

2 black tea bags

2 bay leaves

1 cinnamon stick (about 3 inches long)

1 nutmeg chopped in quarters (it’s helpful to use a very sharp knife and have the nutmeg resting on a towel so it doesn’t go flying when you cut it)

1 cup of sugar (can be adjusted according to taste)

~ Bring ingredients to simmer. Simmer until the tea mixture is just a bit stronger than you want. Remove nutmeg, leaves, and cinnamon, then let cool.

Add milk to taste. We used about 4 cups.

1-chai_tea_creativelyus Ingredients. You can use any sort of black tea.

2-chai_tea_creativelyusThe pot with the nutmeg, bay leaves and cinnamon.

3-chai_tea_creativelyus Simmering! It smelled soooo good!

4-chai_tea_creativelyus Make sure you remove the nutmeg, leaves, and cinnamon stick!

5-chai_tea_creativelyus Mixing in the milk.

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Homemade chai! Sooo good!

Chalkboard Wall

One of the ways Kristine and I like to relax is to draw on our chalkboard wall as we listen to music. My brothers are working on recording a new album, so we used one of their songs as our inspiration. Part of that song accompanies this video. Kristine and I both have our own styles of thinking visually as we create abstract shapes and patterns as a way of processing our thoughts. This is the first time we’ve done this together and merged our two styles into the same image. The song was written and performed by Seth Gilbertson and produced by Steve Gilbertson.

Time Lapse Christmas Tree Decorating

Today we picked and cut down our Christmas tree for the year. We were a little more conservative than in previous years and got a 9ft tree. (We have gone up to 14ft in the past.) We thought a fun creative project would be to shoot a time-lapse video of our time decorating the tree. You get to enjoy four hours worth of work in less than a minute – lucky you.

(You may have noticed that our tree does not have a topper yet… we’re looking forward to showing you the one Kristine is making in our next post!)

Oreo Turkey Truffles

One of Sean’s friends gave him a recipe for these really simple Oreo Truffles years ago and now everyone asks for them whenever we go to pitch-ins or parties. For one of our Thanksgiving get-togethers this year, we decided to make the truffles look a little more festive. If you need a last-minute recipe for a Thanksgiving-themed desert, we’ve got the perfect one for you right after the photos!

This makes about 30 truffles, which will serve at least 15 people. (They are so rich, very few people will eat more than one or two.)

Ingredients:
1 Package of Oreos
1 8oz Package of Cream Cheese
1 12oz Bag of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Yellow and Red Icing

  • Crush the Oreos in a large bowl and knead the cream cheese into the Oreos until it is all a consistent mixture.
  • Roll the mixture into 1″ balls and place on a cookie sheet. Chill these in fridge for 1hr.
  • Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and dip Oreo balls into melted chocolate to coat them.
  • Pour some of the melted chocolate into an icing bag and pipe the tail feather design onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. (Another option, which we thought of later, would be to use chocolate covered pretzels instead. – If you try this, let us know how it turns out.)
  • Place the chocolate-covered Oreo truffles onto the base of the tail feather designs.
  • Use the yellow and red icing to make a beak and wattle on the top of the truffle.
  • Place back in the fridge to chill.
  • To serve, set the turkeys upright on a tray. (Some may need the bases shaved down a bit to stand upright.)

Also, if you’d like a great recipe for cranberry sauce, check out our friends’ post at www.thestricklins.com.